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1 The ‘Secret’ History of American Institutions: Women, Madness, and 19 th -Century Life-Writing:

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5 The only public buildings worthy of mention are the capitol, the palace, the college, and the hospital for lunatics, all of them in Williamsburg, heretofore the seat of our government. The capitol is a light and airy structure, with a portico in front of two orders, the lower of which, being Doric, is tolerably just in its proportions and ornaments, save only that the intercolonations are too large. The upper is Ionic, much too small for that on which it is mounted….Yet, on the whole, it is the most pleasing piece of architecture we have (249).

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7 We drove off, and after a pleasant ride of about a mile, I saw before us a beautiful lawn dotted with shrubbery which was shut in by a high iron gate. A carriage drive and walk led to a large stone building which was stretched across the entire width of the grounds. The entrance to this building was approached through massive Corinthian columns (152).

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15 Dr. Grey can go to Washington to see a man like Guiteau, and can testify to his belief in the sanity of an unfortunate man who commits a murder without any particular provocation, a man evidently of impaired perceptions, because he receives a large sum from the Government for so doing; but a helpless patient who was kidnapped and trapped into his asylum…he calls insane (156).

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17 I am extremely sorry this thing happened as it injures me greatly in the community that I live. I exerted myself very much to save him [meaning Chaska] and many have been so ungenerous as to say I was in love with him, that I was his wife, etc., all of which is absolutely false.

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